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Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racism Resources: Books to Read

LACC Library eBooks

Below are some eBooks in the LACC Library collection to get started. Currently enrolled Students and Faculty/Staff can access these books in full-text online via EBSCO eBooks

Follow the link to our OneSearch catalog, then click on the link under "View Online - Full Text Availability". You will be prompted to authenticate. Follow the instructions for remote access. 

Recommended Reading

Recommended Books


Note: Check LAPL to borrow a copy, or purchase from a Black-owned bookstore. If these books are sold out at the moment, you can still purchase audio and kindle books at any time. 

Start Here:

  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla F. Saad
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

More Books to Read:

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
  • How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Women, Race, & Class, by Angela Davis
  • The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, by Grace Lee Boggs
  • Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century, by Dorothy Roberts
  • The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm x and Alex Haley
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein
  • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem
  • Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?, by Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, Michael Eric Dyson
  • Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out, by Ruth King

Reading List

For 95 years, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has preserved, protected, and fostered a greater understanding of the Black experience through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and scholarship. In response to the uprisings across the globe demanding justice for Black lives, the Schomburg Center has created a Black Liberation Reading List. The 95 titles on the list represent books we and the public turn to regularly as activists, students, archivists, and curators, with a particular focus on books by Black authors and those whose papers we steward.

Adapted from 

Black Owned Bookstores

Want a physical book to hold in your hands and keep in your collection? Purchase online from a Black-owned Bookstore. 


Online Only

Outside California

Adapted from LitHub 

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